Kim Morris admitted she is ‘on cloud nine’ after she exceeded her own expectations and reached the semi-finals of the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at High Post Golf Club.
The Sundridge Park golfer marched through her last 16 tie with a commanding 6&4 win over Katherine Irving and said she was delighted just to have reached the quarter-final stage.
Better was to come later in the day as Morris fought back from behind to claim a 4&3 victory against Barbara Jamieson and move into the last four, much to her surprise and delight.
As she tried to process what had happened over the course of day, Morris said: “I still can’t believe it! I’m just on cloud nine at the moment!
“I came here with no real expectations of how far I was going to get but just to do my best. When I got to the quarter-final I was happy so to get to the semi-final is a dream come true.
“I think I’ve needed to believe in myself more and have confidence in myself. I’m half-Korean and I think part of my Oriental heritage means I am quite hard on myself and if I make a mistake then I really think a lot about it.
“My husband is amazing and he has always believed in me and told me I’m as good as any other player in any event. So I’ve come here, believed that I’m a good player and now I’m into the semi-final which is amazing.”
In Friday’s semi-final it will be a clash of experience as Morris, who has reached the semi-final of this competition for the first time, comes up against Tracey Williamson, someone who is no stranger to the latter stages of national competition.
Williamson reached the semi-finals with a 7&5 win over last year’s runner-up Jane Southcombe followed by a 5&4 success against Felicity Christine.
The Sheringham golfer’s superb performances in the tournament so far have made her many people’s favourite to lift the Wendy Taylor Salver on Friday afternoon.
Challenging Williamson for standout performer of the day was 2016 Senior Women’s Amateur champion Catherine Rawthore who beat Jane Sly (3&2) and then good friend Jackie Foster (5&4) to reach this year’s semi-final.
Completing the line-up in the last four is Aileen Greenfield who showed grit and determination to come through two tough matches to take her place on the final day.
The 2018 champion saw off Lulu Housman (4&3) in the morning session before returning to claim a tense 1UP victory over Kerry Smith and she will now face Rawthore in the opening match of the semis.
The first semi-final tees off on Friday at 8am followed by the second one 15 minutes later. The final is due to tee off at 12.45pm.
The final of the Ann Howard Trophy for the over 60s will be contested by Sandy Hallet from Prince’s and The Kidderminster’s Lesley Fox and goes out at 12.15pm.
Hallet qualified from the stroke play rounds as the top seed and beat Irene Brien (6&5), Sheree Dove-Wilde (3&1) and Bet Sworowski (5&4) to take her place in the final.
Meeting her there will be Fox who saw off Dee Wood (7&5), Jane Bennett (1UP) and Tracy Crew (5&4) to move into the showpiece on Friday lunchtime.
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